Category Archives: Published

The commodity hides in stores, in warehouses – in inventory

What is a commodity? A concrete abstraction. An abstraction, certainly – but not an abstraction in spite of its status as a thing; an abstraction, on the contrary, on account of its status as a social ‘thing’, divorced, during its … Continue reading

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Rab Rab Issue 2 Out

The new double issue of Rab-Rab is out… Class Struggle Reverberations In the second issue of Rab-Rab we will deal with the issue of noise. Departing from our programme based on the understanding of art practice as a confrontation between … Continue reading

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The Lower Lea Valley as Fun Palace and Creative Prison (some updates)

Below I have collected an assorted continuum of analysis and protest against displacement caused by the London 2012 Olympics running from 2008 to 2014 linking to essays and publications by others and myself   Download a PDF of this pamphlet. … Continue reading

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Bank Failures by B. Traven

First published in Die weiße Rose, Berlin: Büchegilde Gutenberg, 1929, pp.94-95. This translation has been typed out from Anton Kaes, Martin Jay and Edward Dimendberg, The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995, pp.74-75. Rushes … Continue reading

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Brave New Work / Schöne neue Arbeit

This handsome dual language book published in response to a new film work by Harun Farocki arrived at my home last week. The book, edited by Nina Montmann, features an essay I wrote some time ago and have presented previously … Continue reading

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Capitalist Limits: from the Probability of Exhaustion to the Exhaustion of Probability

This essay was written for the book Brave New Work: A Reader on Harun Farocki’s Film A New Product. My contribution is not on Farocki’s film or his work per se, but it does respond to it. I’ve been a … Continue reading

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Chewing This Interminable Present

Downloaded from http://www.flatness.eu on 4.3.2014 under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0, a Creative Commons license In his short story, ‘Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote’ Jorge Luis Borges’ eponymous author rewrites Cervantes’ original line by line. Yet, as Borges insists, this is … Continue reading

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God Separated the Earth and the Sky, But He Was Wrong*

Yesterday I picked up some samizdat editions of a forthcoming reader on Communist politics and Spaghetti Westerns. A book version is forthcoming. The pamphlet version of the reader will be distributed this weekend at a series of screenings, Death on … Continue reading

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Idea of Radical Media

Two copies of a new book I contributed to arrived in the post today. The title of my contribution is entitled Media, Secession and Recession and tries to bring together a personal and material history from below over a short … Continue reading

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Notes on Subsumption

Suzanne Duchamp, Usine de mes Pensees / Factory of My Thoughts These notes were prepared for the following event 25-26 January 2013: http://thepublicschool.org/a-glossary-of-subsumption/ I drew extensively on the work of Endnotes, in particular a text entitled ‘The History of Subsumption’, … Continue reading

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